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I purchased this new and have had it for years. I don't open it very often (except when I need something)  but lately when I attempt to open it, it is getting more difficult to turn the dial.  What, if anything can be done to resolve this?

Thanks for your time and response.

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Hi Beverly,

#1 item on the list should be maintenance.    While the manufacturer may not indicate or even reference that your safe requires some maintenance - EVERY mechanical object REQUIRES some form of maintenance on a regular basis to stay in "good" working order.

#2 unfortunately cheaply made safes like the "SAGA Saf-D-Posit" containers, SICSO Imports (Brinks, Honeywell, First Alert models) and Sentry Safes, are all made of inexpensive materials like plastic and pot metal parts.    These containers are NOT designed to last for a long period of time.   Generally under normal circumstances I would consider 5 years the life of the container, however if taken care of and not in a humid environment this could be up to 10 years or so.
Without service or maintenance the pot metal and/or plastic parts simply wear out or break down.   This is one of those cases where you get what you pay for.

So does this mean that if you buy a better quality safe you are going to be guaranteed more time???   Unfortunately not!   Even on the best quality safes if you want them to operate for a long time with few problems it requires maintenance, though the better quality safes may go much longer between services and the amount of damage is usually limited which means that the problem can be resolved and the safe remain active for much longer without replacing the entire container.

Generally we recommend the following schedules for safe maintenance:

Annually or up to every 6 months for commercial usage and/or where the safe is used VERY frequently.

Every 3 to 5 years for safes used in residential or very low usage applications.

The caveat to BOTH of the above frequencies would be "OR as SOON as a problem is noticed".

Unfortunately problems may creep up slowly, and as you get used to the problem you don't necessarily recognize it as a problem because it seems that "it as always done this"!

Just like the story about how you cook a frog - you put them in a pot of cold water and turn up the heat gradually so they don't know they are being cooked,  maintenance is put off because you DON"T realize that you are having a problem.


Recommendations:

#1  get your safe serviced.   Hopefully this will remedy the problem and your safe will keep working for more years.

#2  As the cost for even BASIC maintenance may cost more than the safe is worth, especially if you have to have a safe technician come to you to service the safe.   I would recommend saving your money and buying a newer better quality safe that actually provides you with some real protection.   The SAGA Saf-D-Posit containers only offered BASIC fire protection for documents.   It has NO burglary protection period!!!!    If you are using this container for anything other than basic document protection from heat or fire, then it should be replaced.


Hope this answers your basic question.   I know I got off onto some other items, but they are all related issues, especially if you are going to have to spend money to keep yours operating.  

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Safe and Vault related Questions; Antique Safe Repair and Restoration; With over 42 years in the Safe & Vault industry, if I can't answer your question I know where to get the answer. Current Project: Restoration of an Ely Norris Cannonball Safe from the early 1900's. Will answer Safe & Vault related questions concerning age, value, restoration, moving, opening & repairing, parts, operation and history. Note: It is not my intention to teach you to open safes or to provide information which may aid in the unlawful opening of a safe. I will not give out drill points or information which I deem inappropriate.

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44 years in the Safe & Vault Industry. Owner and Service Manager for one of the largest Safe & Vault companies on the West Coast. Graduate of Lockmasters Safe Lock Servicing, Safe lock Manipulation and Safe Deposit Lock Courses. Graduate of Locksmith Institute. Certified Instructor for the California Locksmith Association teaching Basic and Advanced Lock Servicing, Basic Safe opening and Repairing. Factory Trained by AMSEC, LORD Safes, LeFebure, Mosler, KabaMas, LaGard and Sargent & Greenleaf Author of "The Coffee Table Guide to Antique Safes".

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Graduate of Locksmith Institute 1972 Graduate Lockmasters Safe Lock Servicing 1974 Graduate Lockmasters Safe Lock Manipulation 1975 Graduate Lockmasters Safe Deposit Lock Servicing 1985 Instructor Certified - California Locksmith Association - 1985 Factory trained by AMSEC, MAJOR, STAR, Johnson-Pacific, Kaba-MAS, Allied-Gary, ISM, Lord, Brown Safe, EXL, Mosler, Diebold.

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